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Singapore to review Adoption Law and look into Surrogacy Issue

Singapore is reviewing the adoption law and looking into the issue of surrogacy, following a recent landmark case involving a gay father adopting his biological child who was conceived through a surrogate in the United States.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

IHiS fires Two Staff, slaps Penalties on Five Senior Management Figures

Integrated Health Information Systems, the technology agency pulled up for its lapses in last June's cyber attack on SingHealth, has fired two employees and imposed "significant financial penalty" on five members of its senior management team, including its chief executive.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

More Payment services to be regulated by MAS

The Payment Services Act will also impose limits on how much personal mobile wallets can hold, and how much money can be transferred out to accounts other than the user's designated bank accounts in a year, among others.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Bill to bolster Checks in Gem Deals, Fight Crime and Improve Security

All regulated dealers of precious stones and metals, like diamonds, jade, silver and gold, will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks when handling transactions.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Man has to pay Ex-wife $6 Million after Apex Court accepts his Appeal in part to reduce Total Matrimonial Assets' Value

The Court of Appeal ordered a man to pay his former wife $6 million after allowing his appeal in part to reduce the value of total matrimonial assets to $35 million in their divorce settlement.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Oil Giant Shell fined $400,000 for Fire

Oil giant Shell has been fined $400,000 for a health and safety breach that led to a fire at the Pulau Bukom petroleum refinery which left six workers with burns.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

AVA can make Arrests for offences under Nine Acts

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is authorised to make arrests for offences that fall under nine Acts and their subsidiary legislation.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Civil Defence and Other Matters Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Civil Defence Act, the Immigration Act, the Police Force Act and the Prisons Act, and to make related amendments to the Enlistment Act.
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Federal Act; Citation: No. 3; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Land Transport Authority of Singapore (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2019

This is to notify that the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (Amendment) Act 2018 comes into operation on 15 January 2019.
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 32; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Public Prosecutor v Tangaraju s/o Suppiah

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Date: 31 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 279; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Moh Tai Siang v Moh Tai Tong and Another

Equity - Family Trusts - Resulting Trust - Constructive Trust - Undue Influence

Date: 31 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 280; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Developers (Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing) Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act and the Sale of Commercial Properties Act to give effect to certain recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Federal Act; Citation: No. 1; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Employment (Amendment) Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Employment Act and to make consequential and related amendments to certain other Acts.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 2; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Betting (Singapore Totalisator Board - Exemption) (Amendment) Notification 2019

This Notification is deemed to have come into operation on 27 December 2010.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 20; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

More Payment services to be regulated by MAS

The Payment Services Act will also impose limits on how much personal mobile wallets can hold, and how much money can be transferred out to accounts other than the user's designated bank accounts in a year, among others.

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IHiS fires Two Staff, slaps Penalties on Five Senior Management Figures

Integrated Health Information Systems, the technology agency pulled up for its lapses in last June's cyber attack on SingHealth, has fired two employees and imposed "significant financial penalty" on five members of its ...

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GST: General Guide for Businesses (Eighth Edition)

This guide provides an overview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Singapore. It covers three broad categories which are GST Concepts and Principles, GST Administration and GST Schemes.

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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